It’s been a minute since I sat down to write a blog post. In fact, it’s almost 3 months! After closing the shop at the end of March, I took some time out to switch off from business life and to focus on the Year of Claire.
2019 has been a great year so far. I’ve been taking time for new hobbies and challenges and generally having a lot of fun. Here’s a recap of the first 5 months.
I announced my shop closure and began making plans to sell off stock. It was a scary announcement to make after 7 years!
I got promoted in my day job, started elevator notes and went for loads of lunchtime walks, 14 in total. I did yoga every single day at home, 12 hours across the month. I also knitted a scarf – first creative project in a long while that was just for me.
I sent out over 100 glitter heart pins in February, which confirmed they were a best seller. What a cheery product to mark the end of all my orders!
I also started paddle boarding lessons which was a challenge in the winter weather, but it was so satisfying to get the hang of it.
My insomnia was getting me down so I did a sleep therapy course, started reading before bedtime and finished a book.
At the beginning of the month I went on a fun first date at a local bar where we ended up playing unplanned Bingo. I won the Jackpot and it’s been going well ever since…..
I signed up for a Fun Colour Rush run and began training using the Couch to 5K running app. I carried on reading to finish another book and also taught a crochet class at a local haberdashery.
March was pretty busy because it was also the month I closed my shop! I packed up tons of pink boxes and received some lovely messages from customers. It was definitely bittersweet, but it felt right and the start of a new chapter.
A few days after the shop closed, I went on holiday to Amsterdam with Jo and some of my housemates. We stayed in an amazing Air bnb near Vondelpark and explored for 4 days. I love visiting Amsterdam in the Spring time and even more so with people who love food and drink as much as I do. I slept so well and had a ton of fun.
I reignited my love for spin classes in April and cycled a lot of ‘static’ miles. I also tried out a tandem bike with Jack which had me cry laughing. I carried on with the 5K running training and we went to the driving range.
I went to my first ever football match (Cambridge United), watched Jack play Baseball in the sun and visited family over Easter weekend.
May was more time with family as my sister came to visit with her family and we went punting on the river.
I took 5 days off work and did more paddle boarding, once for Jo’s birthday and then again in a bigger social group which I was nervous about! We had a great time and the weather was just perfect to paddle up to Grantchester.
My workmates and I went to the Beer Festival and I may have had a sore head the next day…..
Jack and I went to the outdoor cinema hosted by Enchanted Cinema (gifted visit) and I tried not to cry watching A Star Is Born.
Jo and I hosted an In Colourful Company colour walk in Cambridge and also completed our 5K Fun Colour Rush run in about 30 minutes.
So life is a little different now! Working 9-5 and having my evenings and weekend again has been SO GOOD. I had definitely forgotten what it was like to have time just for myself and to explore new hobbies without feeling guilty that I should be spending time on the business.
I have had some tricky days with migraine, insomnia and anxiety so it hasn’t all been cheery. Sometimes I forget that I can’t do everything and I need a reminder to pace myself from time to time.
This time has also allowed me think about where I want to take my blog going forward. I plan to use this space as a personal journal to share more Year Of Claire posts and all the things I’m interested in. If there is anything you’d like to hear about, just shout! I’m always open to ideas and to hear what you want to see from my relaunched blog.